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Female Leadership Discussion Evening

11 June 2024
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Calling all empowered women in London! Join us for an inspirational evening at KöD Restaurant London

11 June 2024
17:30 – 20:30
Köd Restaurant
9A Devonshire Square
United Kingdom
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£15 inc eventbrite fee

Join us for the launch of the DKUK female leadership group!

Are you a senior woman with a Danish connection (working in Danish companies, Danish heritage, etc.) looking to connect, grow, and being empowered by other women?

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new sub-group within the Danish-UK Association (DKUK) – a Female Leadership Group dedicated to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and diverse community for leaders.

Here’s what you can expect:

Build meaningful connections and network with other inspiring women through engaging discussions over a light bite at the renowned Kod Restaurant in London.

Relaxed atmosphere to ensure everyone gets to participate in stimulating discussions on leadership, gender equality and equity and women’s empowerment.

This group will be a platform for professional development, mentorship, and knowledge sharing.

Register your interest and complete a short application

This is our Kick-Off event! We’re inviting women who join to help brainstorm ideas and focus for the first twelve months.

We’ve included some questions to understand your motivations, potential contributions, and alignment with the group’s goals. This will help us build a strong and engaged network.

Can’t wait! #DKUKFemaleLeaders

P.S. Feeling apprehensive about traditional networking? Don’t worry! This event is designed to be relaxed and conversation-focused, with a focus on enjoying the company of other inspiring women

  • Programme
  • Food and Drink
  • Speakers
  • Gallery

17:30 PM – 18:15 PM: Arrivals & Introductions

Early networking and introductions among tablemates and engagement in facilitated discussions at their tables using prompt cards focused on leadership, women’s empowerment, and current challenges/needs.

18:20: Introduction by Mie Østergaard, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Consultant

18:30: Presentation by Sandra Marquardsen partner in Dining Six

18:40: Short Break – networking

19:00: Light supper

20:00: Discussion with Vivien Life, Former British Ambassador to Denmark

20:25: Close – DKUK

20:30: Onwards (Optional): Casual Networking & Mingling

The evening:

Morten Pedersen behind KøD has created a special ‘Networking Menu’ for the evening consisting of a variety of KoD canapes & inclusive of drinks

Special event price inc dinner:

£15 inc Eventbrite fee payable in advance

Inc a couple glasses of of wine – other drinks can be purchased

*Cancellations 7 days

Mie Østergaard, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Consultant

Mie Østergaard is an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Consultant with a successful track record across various sectors. She currently advises organisations on implementing EDI initiatives to foster diversity, reduce inequalities, and create more inclusive workplaces. Mie held the position of Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Arsenal Football Club. Her dedication to EDI is evident throughout her career, having led the EDI function at Forward Trust, a charity supporting over 18,000 people annually facing challenges. She also pioneered the first EDI role within a royal college at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Mie’s passion for EDI in sport is evident in her work in the football industry, where she created the impactful TV series “Tackling Racism” for Sky Sports News (2019) and provided consultancy services to organisations like Women in Football, Aspire Charity, Football Black List, and BCOMS. Her career began with renowned organisations like the Jason Roberts Foundation and Rio Ferdinand Foundation

Sandra Marquardsen, Group CEO and Boardmember

Sandra founded DiningSix with a handful of friends back in 2009, when they established a cafe and nightclub in Denmark. It was only supposed to be just a great way of working, while they were studying, but now they company has 25 restaurants in Denmark and Norway under various brands such as KöD; Basso, Keyser, Cinco and Feed. Sandra finished law school and worked for 4 years as a lawyer, before joining the company fulltime in 2018 as CFO.

In 2022 Sandra took the role as Group CEO. Sandra focusses on running a compliant and modern business, and is fighting for a wider acceptance of the industry as a career in Denmark, where the majority only works in the industry while studying, or as a stepping stone to something else. Alongside this, Sandra sits on the board of the largest organisation for the restaurant business in Denmark. 

Vivien Life, Former British Ambassador to Denmark

Vivien Life is a recently retired former senior British Diplomat and Trade negotiator with extensive experience of leadership overseas and in Government in London.

Since retiring she has been working as a trainer and mentor to staff working on trade negotiations and volunteering to support refugees. In her last role in Government she was a Director in the Department for International Trade (2016-22), where she was part of the leadership team who created an independent UK trade policy and negotiating capability after the Brexit referendum. She was chief negotiator on trade deals with Singapore and Australia, the latter being the first from scratch UK bilateral trade deal after Brexit.

Before that she was British Ambassador to Denmark (2012-2016), managing a team of 50+ representing British interests in Denmark, with a particular focus on supporting the UK’s renegotiation of its relationship with the EU and on securing Danish investment in the UK, particularly in energy.

In earlier appointments at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, she was Head of the Climate and Energy Department (2010-12), and Head of the Enlargement South-east and Wider Europe Group (2008-10), using enlargement and neighbourhood policies to seek to transform the countries on the borders of Europe. She was posted to Washington covering trade policy in the 1990s.

Throughout she has taken a particular interest in developing and mentoring staff and in the Department for International Trade she was Gender Champion.

She was educated at Rosebery Grammar School, Epsom, and at St Hilda’s College, Oxford (1976-79), where she read English, English Language and Literature.